Building IT Systems

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Building IT Systems

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Information Sciences, Information Technologies, Management of Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    IT today is everywhere and is involved in many aspects of life, including mobile devices, electronic voting and robotic fish. Many advances have come from people passionately following an inspiration, and developing it into a concrete outcome. This course is an opportunity for you to pursue an idea in IT and to work with a team of like-minded people to develop it. You will be provided with assistance to choose an appropriate topic, find a project team, generate a project plan, and to implement your project. This course is designed to engage and inspire you with the wide world of IT, with a particular emphasis on finding appropriate tools, methodologies and techniques to meet your own personal challenge.

    This course will give you substantial hands-on, practical learning experiences and aims to motivate you through engagement in the creative, explorative and meaningful development of technological artefacts that operate in real world contexts.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Program Learning Outcomes

    This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology and BP232 Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies):

    • Enabling Knowledge
      • You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.
    • Critical Analysis
      • You will learn to accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to:
        • analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems
        • evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.
    • Problem Solving
      • Your capability to analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to: design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.
    • Communication
      • You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to: present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.
    • Team Work
      • You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to: work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.


    Course Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

    • locate and assess tools and resources for IT systems
    • apply knowledge to a wide variety of experiences in programming or scripting, networks and databases to design and develop IT systems
    • identify, decompose and solve problems related to creation of IT system prototypes
    • effectively communicate project outcomes in a written report
    • work independently and collaboratively to develop small IT systems
    • evaluate and provide feedback on the work of your peers


    Overview of Learning Activities

    The learning activities are centred around a team-based IT project of the student’s choice. The idea is to find an engaging topic in IT, and explore, develop, and evaluate it in depth. Lectures, classes or online forums will be used to present, explain and discuss aspects of the project, including ideas, problem-solving development methods, team processes and report writing.

    Workshops and/or tutorials and/or group discussions will provide problem-solving advice, an opportunity for presentations, and feedback on progress. Assignments and other assessment processes will be centred on the project. Another important learning activity is private study, working on aspects of the project in a self-directed and autonomous manner within a team framework.

    Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures and tutorials. Each week there will be 2 hours of tutorials and up to 2 hours of lectures. You are encouraged to participate during tutorials by discussing your ideas with your group, giving feedback on the work of other groups and working interactively on your project. Lectures will provide ideas for projects and an overview of the process you should undertake. You are encouraged to participate in lectures by asking questions, and commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences. Your group will also be expected to schedule at least one meeting with the lecturer during the semester.

    Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class.


    Overview of Learning Resources

    You may make use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.


    Overview of Assessment

    Assessment for this course comprises written reports, peer assessment and participation in learning activities. Written reports will be required to demonstrate evidence of problem-solving, analysis of requirements, systems design and evaluation. Peer assessment will involve written feedback on reports written by other teams.

    This course has no hurdle requirements.


    Assessment tasks:

    Assessment Task 1: Written report

    In this assessment, you will report on your team, topic and plan.

    Weighting 5%


    Assessment Task 2:  Interim written report

    Weighting 15%


    Assessment Task 3:  Final written report

    Weighting 40%


    Assessment Task 4: Peer assessment

    Weighting 10%


    Assessment Task 5: Group participation

    Weighting 30%


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